We are growing our team. Will you join us?
Are you passionate about making an impact in your community, and changing the lives of children with learning differences? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!
PRofessional development for instructors
We offer our instructors ongoing professional development opportunities, including training in the types of curricula we use in our programming (examples below). We also bring in experts to provide workshops on specific areas including speech and language pathology, ADHD, executive functioning and more.
- Sound Partners is an explicit, balanced, phonics-based program that provides individual instruction in early reading skills. Using lessons specifically designed for tutors, paraprofessionals, and assistants, this research-based solution improves phonemic awareness, decoding, word identification, and spelling skills (Source: www.voyagersopris.com).
- REWARDS is offered at both the Intermediate and Secondary levels, and the focus of both is on decoding multisyllabic words, identifying and understanding prefixes and suffixes, increasing word and passage reading fluency, building academic vocabulary, and deepening comprehension along with building confidence. REWARDS is proven to: improve students’ abilities to decode long, multisyllabic words; yield significant increase in fluency; be effective with all struggling readers, whether they are English language learners, students with reading disabilities, or students who have simply fallen behind; be successfully implemented by a wide variety of educators— teachers, paraprofessionals, and volunteers (Source: www.voyagersopris.com).
As a non-profit organization, volunteers are a crucial part of the LDS team. Although we currently do not offer opportunities to volunteer directly with children/our clients, we greatly appreciate help with some programs, events and supportive tasks.
What employees are saying …
LDS provides a challenging, interesting, supportive learning environment for its staff. They are a cause-based organization that provides a community service that is essential to support 10% of school children who have learning differences and cannot get the support they need in the public schools. It is inspiring to help these kids and their families (many of whom are low-income) to become happy and academically successful. It changes their lives profoundly. This makes LDS a very satisfying place to work. It’s all about the kids!
Working with others who are passionate about the cause and motivated by purpose is a unique environment. I would describe our team as talented, creative, collaborative, inclusive, open-minded, with a great sense of humour. What I love most about my job is the flexibility, work-life balance, and opportunities for growth and advancement! I feel very supported and valued and look forward to helping move the mission forward and making a bigger impact in my community!
Working at the LDS has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people in the community. The students have benefitted immensely from the services that we provide and have increased in academic success and motivation. The best part of the job is seeing the students gain a love for reading, as well as building their self-esteem.